As an experienced Atlanta business lawyer, I find that one of the most rewarding parts of my business practice is helping clients set up a brand-new Georgia business or re-establish and existing one. In doing this, the basic issues which first need to be addressed, are choosing the correct legal entity under which the Georgia Business will operate and filing the necessary papers with the GA Secretary of State. In addition, the business must establish and confirm any necessary business relationships and memorialize these in legally binding contracts per GA law. Any business must also understand the legal requirements and ramifications of local, State of Georgia and federal tax requirements, and licensing.
In recent years, my colleagues and I have begun to notice “client perceived” competition from do-it-yourself companies, called legal document services or elawyering. Essentially, they offer legal forms and instructions for filling them out, claiming you will pay a much lower price for using their services than you might pay if you go to a licensed GA Business Attorney. Naturally, these services are only offered for common legal matters, which assume and lull you into a false sense of comfort that you have set up your business correctly. These elawyer and internet form companies maintain and make you believe your business is “cookie cutter” and without unusual circumstances. These services claim to offer such services as deed transfers, startup papers for a new business, etc. In the many years I have practiced business law, I have found that there is not a business without unusual circumstances, needs, and dynamics. This is a fact, not conjecture.
IN FACT, THESE ELAWYER INTERNET COMPANIES WHICH PURPORT TO PROVIDE LEGAL SERVICES EVEN STATE, THAT YOU NEED TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY AND THEIR INFORMATION IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR LEGAL ADVICE AND IS LEGAL INFORMATION – IN FACT, WHAT THESE ELAWYER INTERNET COMPANIES ARE DOING TO CONSUMERS IS DISTURBING AND WORRISOME TO SAY THE LEAST.
For a GA business entrepreneur with a good idea but not much cash on hand, this can be tempting. Unfortunately, it is also a big risk — and because so many legal problems for GA businesses are avoidable yet not easily predictable, it is easy not to recognize the danger until it is too late. If you start a corporation, LLC or partnership with a legal document service, you will have just enough information to file the basic papers and since this is not oriented for your state of incorporation. In short, you are given enough information to be dangerous to your to the reaching of your own goals. Oftentimes your Georgia business incorporation is done incorrectly and without the necessary and proper GA business contracts and through an experienced GA business law firm, and results in dire consequences. The only information these legal document providers seem to accurately state is the correct fees. Information you will not get is staggering and troublesome!
The Libby Law Firm would be pleased to discuss your options and explain the benefits of hiring a GA business lawyer. To discuss the significant benefits of having an experienced GA business law firm represent and protect your interests please call us at (404) 467-8611 or send us a message through our confidential E-Mail. For your convenience, The Libby Law Firm Main Office is conveniently located in the heart of Buckhead 1/5 mile from the intersection of Roswell and Piedmont Roads and less than 1 mile from the Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza Malls.